Posted on: November 5th, 2012 by Jen Mueller

Have you ever heard the phrase “Monday morning quarterback?” In sports, it happens when fans second-guess a team, player or coach the day after a game – with the advantage of hindsight.  It’s easy for them to be critical after the fact.  It’s also part of being a fan.  It’s one of the reasons you hear so much sports and especially football chatter on a Monday morning.

You don’t need to be critical to join in the conversations. Just having a working knowledge of a few of the big sports topics allows you to take part and take a step toward building better relationships with your co-workers.

Use the summaries below to beef up on your sports knowledge.  Click on the link if you’d like more information and use the questions provided to strike up a conversation or contribute to one that’s already taking place.


Talk Sporty to Me BlogNFL – The Atlanta Falcons remain the only unbeaten team in the NFL.  They beat Dallas Sunday night despite making a few mistakes and missing 2 field goals.  While the Falcons are one of the hottest teams in the NFL, Dallas has lost 4 of its last 5 games leading to even more speculation about the roster and coaching staff.

  • How long can Atlanta keep winning?
  • What do you think is wrong in Dallas?

The Indianapolis Colts are one of the biggest surprises in the NFL this year.  Andrew Luck helped lead Indianapolis to a win over Washington Sunday, but the story of the game was the pre/post game speeches from Chuck Pagano.  He’s the Colts head coach, who is battling leukemia.  Sunday was the first time he attended a game since starting chemo treatments in early October.   You’ll want to listen in to the emotional message by clicking the link. 

  • How much did Pagano impact his team Sunday?
  • Luck set a record Sunday for most yards thrown in a single game by a rookie.  Has he exceeded expectations this year?


College Football – The weekend featured several big college football match ups including a big win for Oregon against USC.  The Ducks won 62-51 and moved into third place in the BCS standings.  That dropped unbeaten Notre Dame down one spot in the rankings.  Alabama stayed at #1 after a late score against LSU to remain unbeaten.

  • Oregon scored a lot of points against USC but they also gave up a lot of points.  Do you think they deserved to move up?
  • Notre Dame is one of the teams that draws high ratings and lots of interest.  Is Notre Dame among the Top 5 teams because of merit or because of the money and exposure that can be gained from having them in the Top 5?


NBA – The Lakers ‘finally’ win a game after losing 3 straight to start the season.  Keep in mind that the season is 82 games long so reacting to the first three games of the season seems a bit much.  Kobe Bryant said as much this week telling critics to just ‘shut up.’  Dwight Howard led the way for LA Sunday scoring a game-high 28 points.

  • How much of the Lakers early ‘struggles’ are a result of trying to rebuild chemistry with new players like Howard?
  • At what point would you start to get concerned about a veteran team like LA?


MLB – The baseball season ended a week ago but we won’t be able to officially close the book on 2012 until next week when the final awards are handed out for Cy Young winners, Managers of the Year and League MVP.  You’ll hear the chatter pick up later in the week as to who will win.  Keep in mind these awards were voted on before the playoffs started so playoff performances aren’t taken into consideration.  Which means the AL MVP discussion between Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout is still there.

  • Who do you think deserves to win between Triple Crown winner Cabrera and rookie phenom Trout?
  • There’s also an interesting battle for the NL Cy Young Award.  How good are the chances that knuckleballer R.A. Dickey comes away with it?


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